Definition of animalculist in English:

animalculist

noun

historical
  • A proponent of the theory that the embryo exists as a preformed entity in the spermatozoon (as opposed to in the ovum); compare "animalcule" and animalculism. Opposed to ovist.

adjective

historical
  • Of or relating to animalculism; characteristic of animalculists.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Daniel Turner (1667–1741), surgeon and physician. From animalcule or its etymon post-classical Latin animalculum + -ist. Compare French animalculiste.

Pronunciation

animalculist

/ˌanɪˈmalkjʊlɪst/